Over 3,400 Medals of Honor have been awarded since their creation in 1861. Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams of the 3rd Special Forces Group became the 10th SOF soldier to receive the award in the past 30 years at the end of October. He received the Medal for his actions in Afghanistan in 2008 during Operation COMMANDO WRATH. His comrade, Retired Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer, fought along-side him and was awarded the Medal 30 days prior.